A number of Under-18 players will get chance to impress
ALBION Under-21 boss James Shan has selected a young squad to face Stoke tonight at the Britannia Stadium in the Barclays U21 Premier League (ko 7pm).
Several of the club’s Under-18 players will be given a chance to impress after a successful season, which saw them qualify for the elite group play-offs.
The Baggies will be looking to halt a run of three consecutive defeats and rediscover their mid-season form where they were challenging at the top end of the table.
And Shan believes that it is now the right time to give the youngsters a chance to put themselves in his thoughts for next season.
He said: “We will go quite young against Stoke.
“The side will be largely our Under-21 group for next season.
“I think it is important that the second-year scholars start playing regularly at this level now, so that they are used to it when next season starts.
“We made a decision that if they train well with the Under-21 group then they will get opportunities to play in the team.
“The younger boys have trained well and will get a chance to play at Stoke.”
Albion claimed a 3-1 victory over the Potters in early November at the Ricoh Arena, but Shan is expecting a competitive game against a side who are unbeaten at home in the league since the turn of the year.
“I have seen them a few times this season and I have been impressed with them.
“They are a patient team who like to keep the ball but they aren’t afraid to mix it up either.
“I’m expecting a really competitive game.”
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